London is the world’s most sparkling and merry town when it comes to christmas and new years eves celebrations.
The britons do know how to maximise and enjoy the festivities, and I just came back from London with a handful of glittering ideas and insider adresses. The beautiful library above is open for guests at Covent Garden Hotel.
Lightnings, decorations and festivities take off already early November, each street inaugurates it’s lights at separate dates. My favourite is the traditional Regent Street Lighs switch-on; a fantastic event mid November.
Apart from Regent Street, dom’t miss the exploding stars at Bond Street, sparkling fairy tale-decorations in Seven Dials, Covent Garden and the Norwegian tree at Trafalgar Square, where you may also enjoy Christmas Carols by various Choirs.
Last year, the tree itself was somewhat tired and weary though. But that is hardly visible, thanks to all the lightning and decoration covering the rare and slender branches.
Don’t forget to book your hotel. Both Covent Garden Hotel, 41 hotel and Chiltern Firehouse have wonderful libraries and lounges with decorations, christmas trees, open fireplaces, mulled wine and minced pies.
If your budget is strained – remember that hotels are very expensive in London – try relatively price worthy but still classy Ruben’s at the Palace or Sloane Square Hotel in the chic surroundings of Chelsea, close to Harrods, where the whole warehouse is wrapped as a gift and in full christmas splendour.
Ice skating at Somerset House is a must, as well as getting your christmas turkey and stilton cheese at Borough Market. Then relax in one of the most beautiful and stylish pubs I have ever seen: The old Bank of England, or cosy and low key Cross Keys in Covent Garden.
Christmas decorations at London’s oldest reataurant, Rule’s (pictures above) are all alone a good reason to visit. If you feel like shopping, Liberty opens it’s huge christmas shop already early october and Bloomsbury’s enchanting Dalloway Terrace is transformed into some kind of Narnia winter wonderland, serving hot chocolate coctails and cheese fondue.